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Saturday, June 7, 2008

School's out!

It's that time of year! Schools out! For the next couple of days, I'll be posting cards in honor of retiring teachers and young graduates. Here are some cards for retiring social studies teachers using the retired set, It's Academic. Both cards measure 4.25 square. I use 4.5 square envelopes from A Muse.

Stamps: It's Academic, Background Basics, Warmest Regards
Paper: blue bayou, choclate chip, river rock, creamy caramel, white
Ink: brown stazon, blue bayou, river rock
Accessories: blue bayou ribbon, WWC, dimensionals

This second card uses SCS sketch 102.

Stamps: It's Academic, Houndstooth, Warmest Regards
Paper: buckaroo blue, creamy caremel, true thyme, white
Ink: black stazon, true thyme, creamy caramel, buckaroo blue
Accessories: true thyme ribbon, square punches, WWC
Techniques: sponging

All Stampin' Up! products were used to make these cards.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Blending & Coloring with Copic Markers

I have watched the pros color with Copics. And I've had hands-on learning, too. Still, it took lots of practice to finally feel comfortable with the process. I've now realized that I have a different way of making it work.... different from what I've seen anyway. Maybe it will be right for you, too. Just don't give up!

Materials used:

Surfer Riley image from Hannah Stamps
Ink: Palette Noir Black
Georgia Pacific white cs

Sand E33 (lightest brown)
Chamois E35 (medium brown)
Sepia E37 (darkest brown)
Frost Blue B00
Cadium Orange YR07
Yellowish Green YG06
Acid Yellow Y08

Step 1: Choose one small section at a time. Use your medium brown and outline where you want the shadow.

Step 2: Use your lightest brown. Start at the edge and pull the color out just a short distance. You can do the same distance of pulling 2 or 3 times to get an even shading.

Step 3: Continue to use you lightest brown. Go back to the edge and pull the color out a little further.

Step 4: Finish the first section by pulling the color all the way out to the end of this section.

Step 5: Repeat step 1 on a new area. I chose 2 smaller areas (the arms). Use your medium brown to outline the edge for the shadow.

Step 6: Repeat steps 2 and 3 by using your lightest brown and pulling the ink out away from the shadow.

Step 7: Repeat step 1 and use the medium brown for your shadow.

Step 8: Repeat steps 2 and 3 using your lightest brown and starting from the edge of the shadow, pull the color out. Use short strokes first.

Step 9: Continuing to pull the color out, lengthen your strokes. The more you pull the darker it will get.

Step 10: You don't always have to use 2 shades. I wanted the ears to be a little lighter. So I only used the lightest shade of brown. But this time, I went over the shadow line 2 or 3 times. Remember the more you color, the darker it gets. Then using the same shade, pull the color out as you did before.

Step 11: With the face, I used just the lightest brown and colored down from the tuff of his fur between the antlers. For the antlers, I used the medium brown for the shadow again.

Step 12: Then I used the lighter brown to pull the color across the antlers. I went to the legs and used just the lightest shade of brown like I did for the ears.

Step 13: I used the darkest shade of brown to fill in the hooves.

Step 14: I used the frost blue to fill in my shadow. I colored over the shadow a couple of times since I'm using just one shade again. The I pulled the color out.

Step 15: For the surf board, I used just one shade of orange. Then I lightly colored the pattern of the swim trunks.

I used Julee Tillman's Mojo sketch 32 for the card. I thought Bodacious Bouquet would be the perfect compliment for this cute surfer moose. I used the rock & roll technique for the blossoms. I first inked the blossom with apricot appeal and then rolled the edges on the pumpkin pie ink pad.

I sent this card to my wonderful MIL. She LOVED her Hawaii trip last year. This isn't the same as a trip, but Riley sure is cute!

Stamps: Bodacious Bouquet - SU, Surfer Riley - Hannah Stamps
Paper: soft sky, pumpkin pie, apricot DSP, white
Ink: black, soft sky, certainly celery, apricot appeal, pumpkin pie
Accessories: Copic Markers, soft sky ribbon, eyelets
Techniques: rock & roll

All paper, ink, and embellishments are from Stampin' Up!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Wishing You Well

Unfortunately, we know someone who has a long recovery ahead of her. I hope she knows we're thinking of her.

The lovely wishing well is from Gina K. Designs.

Stamps: Make A Wish - Gina K
Paper: chocolate chip, close to cocoa, very vanilla, unknown DP
Ink: brown stazon, chocolate chip
Accessories: crimper, organdy ribbon
Techniques: sponging

All cs and ink from SU.

MFT Challenge

Last night My Favorite Things (MFT) was having a new release party at SCS with challenges. I've been a night owl lately and I stayed up to play. This was my favorite. We were to use black cs and a black embellishment to highlight the colors and make them pop.

This card measures 4.25 square. I use 4.5 envelopes from A Muse.

Stamps: Time for the Bubbly (MFT)
Paper: white, black, pretty in pink, regal rose, Loves Me DP
Ink: black
Accessories: markers, ribbon, eyelets, scallop & circle punches, dimensionals

Cardstock & Ink from Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A Masculine Birthday Card

This card took quite awhile to make. Lots of different sets and details on this one. I made this quite awhile ago. I think the layout came from a scrapbook page.

Stamps: Noble Deer, Houndstooth, Riveting, Warmest Regards
Paper: always artichoke, mellow moss, chocolate chip, close to cocoa, vanilla
Ink: black stazon, chocolate chip, always artichoke
Accessories: WW crayons, hemp, circle punches. paper piercer & mat stack, brad
Techniques: sponging, tearing

All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Elzybells' Daffodil Chick

This image was sent to me by a friend. I just think this Elzybell chick is the cutest! The layout is from the sketch challenge today on SCS.

Stamps from A Muse: Daffodil Chick (Elzybell), sentiment
Stamps from SU: flower from Priceless
Paper: pumpkin pie, apricot appeal, white
Ink: black, pumpkin pie, apricot appeal, so saffron, certainly celery
Accessories: markers, ribbon, eyelets, CM custom cutting system, Marvy scallop punch, dimensionals, CB - Swiss Dots

All cardstock and colored ink from Stampin' Up!

Why do I keep a stamp index?

My stamp index of sentiments comes in handy when looking for just the right font. The "Thinking of You" sentiment came from an old retired Easter set called Miracle of Spring.

Stamps: Lovely as A Tree, Miracle of Spring
Paper: kraft, chocolate chip, white
Ink: brown stazon
Accessories: crimper, hemp

All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Make it Masculine or Feminine

I used Beate's weekend sketch to make these cards with my new Changito monkey stamp. Isn't he the cutest with gun?!?

The Girly Version

Colors: creamy caramel, pretty in pink, white

Stamps: Sporting Goods & Canvas BG - SU; Changito Plays Ball - Stampendous

Layout: Beate's Sketch

Accessories: circle punch with eyelet, paper piercer, ribbon, dimensionals

Techniques: faux stitching, sponging

Image colored with Copic markers

The bubble gum bubble is popped up on a dimensional. I didn't do that on the first card... I made a mistake in coloring and had to cover it up. But I like it!

The Little Boy Version

Color Challenge: blue bayou, soft sky, real red

Stamps: Sporting Goods & Canvas BG - SU; Changito Plays Ball - Stampendous

Layout: Beate's Sketch

Image colored with Copic markers

Accessories: large oval punch, paper piercer, dimensionals

Techniques: faux stitching, sponging

*It took me quite awhile to learn how to color with Copics. I've had a lot of help from friends, but now I've developed my own technique that seems to be backwards from the tradional way of using them. Watch for a tutorial in the near future!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Priceless 3x3 Set

I hardly ever make 3x3 cards. This was fun! I love the idea of a box to go with it and it was sooo easy. Well, almost. My box doesn't stand up on it's own! LOL!

The designer paper is from the Cutie Pie pack from Stampin' Up! I used all scraps!!!

Stamps: Priceless
Paper: bashful blue, white, Cutie Pie DP
Ink: bashful blue
Accessories: ribbon, paper piercer, dimensionals

All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

It's a Flip-Flop Summer!

Well, I think flip flops are the just the cutest foot wear in the summer. Unfortunately, I don't think they're comfortable! LOL! I love the song by Kenny Chesney... And it's he the cutest?!! If you'd like to visit his site and here some free music, click here.

Stamps: Sparkling Summer, Shapes & Shadows, sentiment from Everyday Messages by Stampendous
Paper: green galore, tempting turquoise, white
Ink: same
Accessories: Michael's ribbon

I actually made this cards 2 summers ago. I'm wishing I hadn't traded Shapes & Shadows. They made the cutest accents. Oh well, I'm sure it will come back around in another set like so many other retired images from Stampin' Up! LOL! At least I hope so.

All supplies from Stampin' Up unless noted differently.